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good morning to our viewers in the west. it's wednesday, august 15, 2012. welcome to studio 57 at the cbs broadcast center. the presidential campaign takes a nasty turn from both sides. we'll speak with governor mitt romney only on "cbs this morning." at least 70 homes were destroyed as wildfires burn across the west. and should you pay more to drink chocolate milk or iced tea? we'll take you to one city that is taking sugary drivens to a whole new level. but first, "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> mr. president, take your campaign, the division, the anger and hate, back to chicago. >> mitt romney blasts the white house after vice president biden creates a campaign stir. >> he wants to let the big banks
once again rewrite their own rules. unchain wall street. they are going to put you all back in chains. >> critics say it was a racially charged reference to slavery. >> the romney campaign reacted sharply, quote, the obama campaign has reached a new low. >> if they want to punch us, we're going to punch them back with brass knuckles and that's what we have to do. >> everybody else's house is gone. all my friends, my neighbors, the people i care about. >> reporter: the fast-moving wildfire in central washington state has already consumed more than 70 homes. >> this thing could go any one direction. we're very concerned. >> in california -- >> crews are battling a fair of fires. >> it was like someone had shot napalm all across and it seemed like a rolling ocean wave of flame. an experimental aircraft designed to reach six times the speed of sound. it could fly from new york to london in an hour. two planes collided on the ground. >> this is one of those omg moments that people text about.
>> a bold thief who stole a huge tv in broad daylight. >> kicking in the door several times before getting inside. >> charlie sheen threw out the first pitch. >> are you saying you watch because i'm hot? >> honestly? >> listen, the only way to take this is to look at -- >> you know, one more time, you're [ bleep ]. >> you have to look at -- >> and all that matters -- >> you don't drink coffee before an event, do you? >> no. we eat corn flakes. that is the secret to our success. >> that's right. >> she figured something out, hasn't she? captioning funded by cbs the battle for the white house got especially nasty on tuesday, with both sides throwing hey makers at each other. it started with joe biden
seeming to suggest that republicans want to put black americans back in bondage. >> nancy cortes is covering the campaign from dubuque, iowa, where president obama is wrapping up a three-day swing through the state. >> reporter: good morning. yes, it started with the vice president, and it ended last night with governor romney unleashing some of his harshest attacks on the president to date, accusing his campaign of, quote, disgracing the presidency, unquote, with his tactics. >> mr. president, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to chicago. >> reporter: speaking in ohio, governor romney accused the president of running a dirty and petty campaign. >> he demonizes some. he panders to others. his campaign strategy is to smash america apart and then try to cobble together 51% of the pieces. >> governor romney's comments tonight seem unhinged, was the retort from the obama campaign. the president speaking in iowa trained most of his fire on governor romney's tax proposal.
>> we do not need more tax cuts for the wealthiest americans. we need to get tax relief to working families who are trying to raise their kids, send them to college. >> reporter: it came at the end of the day filled with barbs. vice president biden was speaking to a crowd in danville, virginia, that included hundreds of african-americans, which he made this analogy that reminded some of slavery. >> romney wants to let the -- he said the first 100 days, he'll let the big banks once again write their own rules. unchain wall street. they're going to put y'all back in chains. >> reporter: the romney team quickly called it evidence of a desperate campaign. >> his campaign and his surrogates have made wild and reckless accusations that disgrace the office of the presidency. >> reporter: former new york mayor and one-time republican presidential candidate rudy giuliani took things to another level when he suggested mr.
biden might be mentally unfit for office. >> there's a real fear of god forbid he ever had to be entrusted with the presidency whether he'd really have the mental capacity to handle it. this guy is just not bright. he has never been bright. people think he just talks a little too much. actually, he's just not very smart. >> reporter: the vice president later told another virginia audience he was trying to play off a phrase that republicans often employ, about unshackling business from regulation. >> i'm told when i made that comment earlier today in danville, virginia, that the romney campaign put out a tweet. you know, tweet. went on the air, where he's saying biden is outrageous. >> reporter: all of this overshadowed a rather substantive debate going on between the president and governor romney over energy. the president has been here in iowa touting wind energy. he'll be speaking here in dubuque in another couple of hours. governor romney was in ohio talking about coal. the question, gayle and anthony,
is how far can this war of words go when the two sides are already using words like "hate" and "unhinged." >> yeah. that's the big question. nancy cortes, thank you. cbs news political director john dickerson is in washington. good morning, john. >> good morning. >> how much of a problem do you think biden's remarks will be for the obama campaign, john? >> it seemed days ago this was going to be a substantive campaign. joe biden has caused these kinds of flaps before. so they are kind of used to it at the white house. i think that this probably comes and goes like a lot of these other gaff moments. it's a pain for the obama administration, but i think while it gets those to both sides in their usual fever, but most people who are undecided or who care about other issues this is probably just more proof that this campaign at times feels small enough to hold in your hand. >> yeah. we just heard nancy cortes saying, how far can it go with 2
1/2 months left, and we hear rudy giuliani call vice president biden unfit for office. seems to be ratcheting things up, don't you think? >> that's right, gayle. it is ratcheting things up. i think what will restrain that, in answer to nancy's question, is at some point voters who are still up in the air about who they want to run the country in january of 2013 will finally say, stop it, grow up, and the campaigns will have to go back to being a little bit more rational. >> john, what do you make of governor romney's unusually fiery speech yesterday? parts of which we're told he wrote himself, saying that obama is running a campaign of division, anger, and hate. >> well, it's very good political move for governor romney. first, it shows him passionate, and that's always good for a candidate. you know, he's had some difficulty connecting with voters. but more to the point, is it something that the romney campaign has been working on for weeks and their allies in the
super pacs have been working on for months trying to say to voters that this president obama who said he would elevate the tone, he is not doing that. don't you feel disappointed in him. they hope to attach it to a larger disappointment people have about president obama. so leaving aside the gaffes of the moment, they want to suggest that basically any negativity coming out of the obama camp is a sign that he's just not this guy he promised he would be in 2008. >> there were reports yesterday, john, that some republican insiders were concerned about governor romney's choice of paul ryan. you know, that that's getting a lot of attention. some of it negative. do you think that the governor is having maybe a small case of buyer's remorse considering all the controversy? >> i think governor romney is quite happy about his selection. but this was coming in, these reports and conversations i was having saturday morning when this was being announced from republican strategists, moderate republicans, who said that paul ryan is from the movement wing of the party. and that's great for conservatives. and the "wall street journal"
editorial page. but in battleground states where independent and swing voters are up for grabs, ryan's specifics and his policies on medicare are just too far out, too much for people. and that that could be a real danger. and that has kind of continued over the last few days. >> john, last night, paul ryan said that medicare can be a winning issue for the romney team. can the republicans make this happen? it's never been an issue that played to their advantage. but they seem to be playing it now. >> it's a tough issue. well, they have to play now because paul ryan has this very specific plan about medicare. the question is, are they going to run on ryan's plan, be specific about what he wants to put forward, or are they going to basically just attack the president and what the president has proposed as part of the affordable care act? right now it looks like the latter, so they'll run on medicare but basically criticizing the president we'll see if they switch to actually running on what governor romney and paul ryan believe. >> john dickerson, thanks, john. in our next half-hour, we'll talk with governor romney about the state of the campaign and
vice president biden's remarks only on "cbs this morning." hot, dry, windy conditions are making life very difficult foright firefs across much of the west this morning. they are battling dozens of wildfires in 10 western states. the most dangerous fire stretches 17 miles long east of seattle. this caused millions of dollars in damages there. ben tracy is in cle elum, washington. >> firefighters here are heading back to the fire lines this morning. this blaze has already destroyed more than 70 homes in the area. yet firefighters are finally making progress. this fire is now 10% contained, and they say they are hoping to significantly improve that number today. they are fighting it on the ground and fighting it from the air. but these walls of flames are proving to be a resilient enemy. >> everybody's house is gone. all my friends, my neighbors, people i care about. we're going to have to move, rebuild.
i've shed in tears. and then i'll start over. >> reporter: hundreds of people were forced to evacuate. some desperately trying to save their animals. >> they were trapped in the barn. now we're just -- >> the so-called taylor bridge fire is believed to have been sparked by construction at a local bridge. it began monday afternoon, and in just hours devoured dozens of acres leaving behind mars of charred hillside. rex reed is the incident commander. he says they are rushing to contain the fire because it's expected to get hotter here later this week. >> what that means is it's like opening a chimney on a stove. if we have active fire behavior, it actually increases that fire intensity. >> reporter: nationwide this year, about 40,000 wildfires have burned 6 million acres of land. that's 1 million more than average. the fires are largely fueled by drought conditions. >> it's devastating. absolutely devastating. and a lot of people have basically lost everything.
our prayers go out to those folks. >> he's dropping in front of the fire. >> reporter: late tuesday in california, a dc-10 tried to douse a brush fire racing up the hillside of riverside county just outside of los angeles. in northern california, 1,000 firefighters are battling a pair of fires that have been burning for three days now. forcing 500 homes to be evacuated. here in washington, two things working in firefighters' favor today are lower temperatures and calmer winds. they are hoping that the combination of those two things will finally let them get the upper hand on this fire that has caused about 500 people to evacuate. anthony and gayle? >> ben tracy, thanks. >> now to israel's nuclear standoff with iran. israeli leaders are again hinting that the clock is ticking on a military strike. however, secretary of defense leon panetta said that the issue has not been settled. >> i don't believe they have made a decision as to whether or not they will go in and attack iran at this time.
obviously, they are an independent. they are a sovereign country. but ultimately they'll make decisions based on what they think is in their national security interests. but i don't believe they have made that decision at this time. >> let's bring in mark phillips in london now. good morning. >> good morning, anthony and gayle. well, what we're seeing here right now is a game of very dangerous game of diplomatic chicken being played, and it's being played against the background of the u.s. presidential election this autumn. the israeli calculation is that they can turn the screws more effectively now, have more influence now on the obama administration in the run-up to the vote than they are likely to have if he wins. afterwards the last thing that the obama administration would want right now is to be involved in another foreign conflict, particularly with a country as dangerous as iran. but israel thinks it will have in fact less leverage action, so that is a little dangerous
diplomatic dance going on right now. at the same time, of course, there's debate within israel as to what the effectiveness of any attack would be, whether it will be merely to delay the iranian nuclear program. and one theory, of course, is that if israel were to attack, that might force washington's hand because it would be bound to be an iranian retaliation against israel itself. so the clock is ticking and ticking louder. >> is there any indication that israel is trying to get the u.s. involved in and attack? >> well, that's the basic game that's being played. as i say, there's a real theory within israel that particularly the netanyahu and barack faction, the war party faction if you will, that want to go ahead with this attack, that they are making more and more noises to try to get the u.s. to turn the pressure up on tehran itself. >> thank you, mark. a british bank is paying $340 million to settle charges that it laundered billions in
iranian funds. standard charter bank agreed to the settlement with new york state, but it still denies helping iran avoid western sanctions. regulators had threatened to take away the bank's license to do business on wall street. a bomb exploded in downtown damascus this morning. it went off near military buildings in a hotel where u.n. observers are staying, but none of the u.n. personnel were injured in a blast. >> reporter: this is the third explosion in the capital in just the last four days. according to syrian officials, the bomb was placed in a fuel tanker in an upscale central damascus neighborhood right behind the hotel where u.n. monitors stay, and where currently valerie amos, who is the u.n. emergency relief coordinator, is staying. she is in the capital for talks with the regime about how to facilitate the passage of humanitarian aid across the country. nobody was killed in this attack.
one rebel group has claimed responsibility. they are saying that the target was in fact a military compound. this comes one day after former prime minister hijab, the highest member of the regime to have defected, gave a press conference. in that press conference, he says that the regime was, quote, following apart morally, materially, and economically. he also said that many officials inside the country are wanting to defect but they are simply waiting for the right time. perhaps most interestingly, he said that the army, the syrian military's capacity, has been greatly diminished by this conflict. he claimed that the army in fact is now only in control of 30% of the country. obviously, it is impossible to confirm that estimate. for "cbs this morning," i'm clarissa ward, beirut. a warm winter here in the u.s. has given way to the worst outbreak of the west nile virus in years. a new cdc report says there have been at least 693 cases of the
mosquito-borne disease this year. the outbreak is blamed for 28 deaths, 16 of them in hard-hit texas. an aerial spraying of insecticides begins tomorrow night in the dallas area for the first time since the 1960s. millions of powerball players are buying tickets this morning with big money on the line. tonight's jackpot is for $320 million. the fourth largest in powerball history. the biggest jackpot was $365 million back in 2006. powerball is played in 42 states, washington d.c., and the virgin islands. and the odds of winning the grand prize, 1 in 175 million. >> sure thing. sure thing. time to show you some of the morning's headlines from around the globe. "the washington post" says that starting today, young undocumented immigrants can start applying to live and work in the u.s. without fear of being deported. the program is open to immigrants ages 15 to 31 who can prove they have lived in the u.s. for at least five years. two months ago, the obama
administration said it would grant de facto residency to qualified immigrants who were brought here as children. "the guardian" reports that julian assange will be granted asylum in ecuador, but the ecuadorian president tweeted there is still no decision on that yet. assange has lived at ecuador's london embassy for months trying to face extradition to sweden. 2012 gas prices head for a record. the national average is $3.70 a gallon, up 30 cents since last month, and is not expected to go down before labor day. and in a sign of the times, "the los angeles times" is reporting that more americans own smartphones than regular phones. the study found that smartphones made up 70% of all phones sold in the u.s. in april, may, and june. in "the new york times" says that the nfl replacement officials are not getting high marks. the league is already thinking
governor mitt romney accuses the obama campaign of anger and hate after vice president biden says republicans are going to put lower income americans back in chains. >> it's an old game in politics. what's different this year is that the president is taking things to a new low. >> only on "cbs this morning," we'll ask the gop presidential candidate about all this tough talk and how running mate paul ryan is changing the campaign. and in the battle over obesity, one california city may tax all sugar sweetened beverages. that means soda, chocolate milk, and even some baby formula.
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>> no hot spots out there but we are seeing some backups at the bay bridge. you'll see all the brake lights heading towards the pay gates. metering lights are on. westbound highway 4 is another slow commute heading out of antioch. >> low clouds and fog extending further on shore today. a little bit cooler to start outside so by the end i think we will see the number staying down a bit. ,,,,,,,,
welcome back to "cbs this morning." >> we told you earlier how on tuesday president obama and governor mitt romney traded some of the strongest charges yet in this presidential campaign. this morning, the republican presidential candidate is aboard his campaign bus in columbus, ohio and with us. governor romney, good morning. >> good morning, anthony. gayle. >> thanks for being here. governor, in your speech yesterday, what many are saying is your most fiery speech yet, you accuse the president of waging a campaign of division and anger and hate. did you write those words yourself? >> well, of course. the words i use in speeches are words that i craft or put in there or agree with. in this case, i think people
across the country who have seen the president's ads and the ads of the people who are supporting him and he won't distance himself from those ads have been a little astonished by what he's done and recognize that this is a critical time for the country. we've got 23 million americans out of work. one out of six americans have fallen into poverty and they want to know how we're going to get america working again. the president's campaign is about division and attack and hatred. my campaign is about getting america back to work and creating greater unity in this country which has always been the source of america's vitality and strength. >> the obama campaign said your remarks seemed unhinged. your reaction to that? >> very measured. i could be much more dramatic, i think. i think i'm hinged when i have to characterize what we've seen from the president's campaign. >> specifically, how is this campaign about hatred? what do you mean exactly about that? >> i think, if you look at the
ads that have been described and the divisiveness based upon income, age, ethnicity and so forth, it's designed to bring a sense of en mitt and jealously and anger. i know what i'm running for. i want to get america working again with more take home pay. the president seems to be running to hang on to power. i think he'll do anything in his power to try and get re-elected. i want to get the country going again. it brought me into the race. hopefully we can talk about issues and our differences on issues and contrast in that area. these personal attacks, i think, are demeaning to the office of the white house and the comments yesterday by the vice president, i think, just diminish the white house that much more. >> your reaction to biden's comments about putting middle class americans back in chains.
what did that mean to you, governor romney? >> of course, we have to have regulation on wall street and on every street to make sure our county works well so it's -- secondly, i just say that the comments of this nature sink the white house just a little lower. the american people expect something better from the president in these kinds of divisive comments. >> isn't the metaphor that republicans have used about shackling, including paul ryan? >> you know, i can't speak for anybody else. but i can say that the comments of the vice president as i heard them i thought were one more example of a divisive effort to keep from talking about the real issues. look, no one is talking about deregulating wall street and no one is talking about the kinds of languages this white house is bringing forward. instead, we're talking about what is it going to take to get the economy going and put people
back to work? i put out a five-point plan based on energy, education, better trade, balancing our budget and helping small business and the president's campaign has put out a campaign talking about me and attacking me. i think it's demeaning to the nature of the process, particularly at a time when we face the kinds of challenges we face. >> specifically, governor, you said after biden's remarks, the obama campaign had sunk to a new low. specifically, what are your problems with his comments? >> you know, i think i've expressed myself well enough. i think the american people had the same reaction, which is they listened to the vice president and they thought, again, an unfounded charge and a metaphor which is not uplifting, not uniting. but one which is once again a divisive attack. look, there are dramatic differences between the president's course and the course i would take. my course is designed to get working again and to draw americans together.
american history has been characterized as a story of the many in america becoming one. that's the nature of what we're going to have to do to get this economy going again. >> this week, you've been criticizing the president for cuts made to -- that the health care makes to medicare. but congressman ryan's budget makes the same cuts to medicare. how do you square that? >> well, first of all, congressman ryan has joined my campaign. and his campaign is my campaign now. we're on exactly the same page. my campaign has made it very clear. the president's cuts of $716 billion to medicare, those cuts are going to be restored if i become president and paul ryan becomes vice president. you know, the president, when he was campaigning in denver, colorado, four years ago, said that medicare was on a pathway to become bankrupt. yet, he's taking $716 billion from the medicare trust fund to
finance obama care. a new risky federal takeover of health care. my commitment is, if i become president, i'm goi to restore that $716 billion to the medicare trust fund so that current seniors can know that trust fund is not being rated and get medicare on track to be solvent long-term on a permanent basis. >> you made the point at the beginning, governor, that congressman ryan is now on your team. there's been a lot of discussion about his budget. are you running on his budget or your budget? >> well, my budget, of course. imt i'm the one running for president. >> can you tell us how yours is different? >> we're very much on the same page. i said at the time his budget came out that i thought it was a serious and important effort to try and get america on track to have a balanced budget. i get us to a balanced budget faster than the plan he originally put forward. my tax rate is 28%.
that's my highest his is 25. that's the difference. they're very similar. the key is i'm running to get america working again. that's my priority. one thing we must do to get america working again and get people investing in new enterprises again is to show that we're fiscally responsible. we do not want to become spain or italy or greece. we have to show that we're willing to tackle the tough issues and one thing i like about paul ryan's record is that he's been a person who worked across the aisle in congress. he's respected by democrats and republicans alike. i saw erskine bowles, bill clinton's former chief of staff lavishing praise on paul ryan. this is a guy who is not only an intellectual leader, he's a person with capacity to work with people on both sides of the political spectrum. >> let's talk about your running mate for just a second. because some of the republican insiders in your own party are saying it's a bold choice. but they're questioning whether it was a right choice. what do you say to those in your
own party raising that? >> well, everybody has the right to express their opinion. i'm very pleased with the choice i made. i gave it a great deal of thought and consideration. there are a number of people in my party who have become vice president who are qualified to do so. i believe paul's intellectual capacity, his values, his record of leadership, his accomplishments and bringing together republicans as well as democrats and the general respect of he has among his colleagues in washington, those things suggest to me if i'm lucky enough to get this job, that he and i will be able to actually work with congress to break the stalemate there and get america on track helping the american people. >> governor, they're using the term bromance to describe you and paul ryan. what do you two have in common other than politics? >> well, we enjoy sports. we enjoy our families more than
anything else. paul is certainly a person who is an accomplished hunter. i wish i had his kind of skills. but we've had a lot of time telling jokes as well. we've been on the bus together for a couple of days. he and i both enjoy good humor. and i wish that i had as much dark hair as he has. he's still got me beat in that context. >> i notice you didn't mention that p 90x work out. is that on your game plan? what are you doing to stay in shape? >> you know, i have never tried that. i might have him show me how to do it someday. i get on the elliptical or treadmill. that's about it for me. that workout of his, he's in pretty good shape. >> you're looking pretty good, governor. thank you, sir for joining us this morning. >> thank you governor romney. >> an issue in the presidential campaign. on the ballot in a california city where businesses selling sugary drinks could be paying
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this morning, another battle is bubbling in those soda wars. a city in northern california is asking voters if they want to put a tax on sugary beverages. as terrell brown report, that would go way beyond the soda fountain. terrell, good morning. >> gayle, good morning to you. it's a long running battle in the country. how to battle the obesity epidemic among young people. encouraging healthy diet and exercise goes so far. in california, they're hoping the threat of higher taxes will do the trick. this is 40 pounds of sugar. that's the same amount every child on average drinks each year in sodas and other drinks
according to dr. jeff ritterman. >> these are not innocuous drinks. these are bad for you. this is a bigger killer right now than cigarettes in our country. >> the cardiologist and city councilman from richmond, california, is behind a ballot measure which levies a penny an ounce tax on any beverage with added calorie boosted sweeteners. it's the first of its kind in the nation because it taxes the vendor who sells the drink, not the individual consumer. it's led to an all-out soda war with campaigns raising a total of almost $400,000. but it's not just a soda battle. the measure would raise taxes on everything from chocolate milk to nutrition shakes to sweetened teas and certain baby formulas. >> obesity is killing 5,000 people a year in new york city. >> new york's proposal to ban over-sized sugary beverages is just one of 63 attempts by state and local governments to discourage cola consumption as a way to fight obesity. california has already eliminated sodas from its public
schools. the city of el monte in southern california is following richmond's lead with a similar tax initiative of its own. richmond's approach is different. >> not imposing a tax on the product. they're imposing a business license tax that is raising the price of doing business in richmond and that cost increase is going to get passed along on all products. >> we're going to take in about $3 million. that's the best estimate. for $86,000, we can teach every third grader in richmond how to swim. >> the money raised from it, not one thin dime of that revenue is specifically anti-obesity programs in richmond. >> those in favor of the richmond might need to fatten coffers if they hope to win in november. some are outspending them by almost ten to one. if richmond's ballot measure is successful, it could become a national model. other localities including san
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>> police are investigating three reports of sexual assault at san francisco's outside land festival that was held last weekend in golden gate park. so far there are no arrests. investigators say they're nothing to indicate the incidents are related. scientists say they have figured out what is killing sharks along the california coast. at least for sharks have washed up on beaches in the past few weeks. experts say they are dying because of a bacteria enters through,,,,,,,,
>> getting a look at the bay area roadways, the bay bridge is backed up for a 10 or 15 minute wait. here is a live look at the nimitz through oakland, not too bad as you pass the coliseum. if you are crossing the san mateo bridge, there is a stall big rig reported in the commute direction was down 92 as you get closer to a high rise. >> it is nice to see the fog around the bay area this morning extending further on shore. temperatures are cooling down just a bit today. we will see more cooling as we head into the afternoon with temperatures a little bit cooler than this time yesterday. still, in some of the valleys with mid-90s. '50s and,,,,,,,,
how do you prepare yourselves for this kind of strength to do what you have to do in front of the entire world? what is that process? >> i think once you have a dream for something, you can really put your mind to it and work towards anything. >> years and years of practice. >> yeah. [ laughter ] >> was that not a good answer? >> like do you -- you don't drink coffee before? >> no. you would be really jittery. we eat corn flakes. >> you eat corn flakes. yeah. >> that is the secret to our success. >> that's right. >> she's figured something out, hasn't she? >> never get tired of seeing the wom women's gymnastic team. welcome back to "cbs this morning." i'm gayle king. charlie rose is off.
>> i'm anthony mason and james brown is with us. >> anthony, you never thought you'd see the day where men are talking about fashion. >> you missed this part. they were all discussing what to do with their han kerchiefs. >> a group of u.s. special forces is taking aim at president obama in a video out this morning. the organization accuses the obama administration of putting americans at risk by leaking classified information. it also says the president took too much credit for the death of osama bin laden. >> mr. president, you did not kill osama bin laden, america did. the work that the american military has done killed osama bin laden, you did not. >> senior correspondent john miller, former deputy director of national intelligence is with us. what's the video, john? good morning? where did it come from?
>> well, it's a very carefully crafted 22-minute documentary style video, highly produced kind of in the bourne identity way with a lot of radar dishes and graphics. it looks a little bit like a spy film, but what it is is a mixture of some undeniable fact threaded through some conjecture, speculation, and some propaganda. so it's an interesting piece which leads to the second part of your question, where did it come from. >> yeah. >> this is opsec, which is a term of art for operational security, meaning keeping things secret. it's a 50 c 34 corporation out of delaware. it's hard to tell who's behind it. what we know is they claim to be national security people. they claim to be non-political, on-partisan. their spokesman, however, is a former director of national intelligence spokesman from the bush administration, and they
started off with a million dollars. they solicited donations and say the identities of donors won't be released. it's a little mercy. >> john, you said there was a lot of factual accuracy. they say the leaks come from the white house. is that a fact? >> that has not been proven. it's the subject of a department of justice probe. the obama administration has been the most aggressive of any administration on starting leak investigations and leak prosecutions much to the unhappiness of a lot of the washington press, but so far the jury is out on that answer. on the other hand, there are some things in the film that you just can't get around. the leak of the name of the pakistani doctor or the lead that led to him being identified who was involved in the bin laen operation, that was bad. the early leak of the new underwear bomber plot and that
we had an undercover british agent that had penetrated it, that was bad. the leak of the u.s. involvement with the israelis in the stucknet virus, that was bad. they've taken some undeniable facts and woven them together with a strong but politically bent message. >> you process what you're going to say before it comes out. the group says it was not political and it accuses obama of putting politics ahead of national security. >> that's really interesting, james. like all interesting films that has a message, it has a direct message which is the obama administration through leaks that they haven't proven or tied to the white house, they're saying the obama administration through leaks has endangered national security. that's the direct message. the subtext that floats through the rest of the film is that, frankly, on a national security basis the obama administration, the big feather in its cap is that it did what another administration couldn't do.
it tracked osama bin laden down and it eliminated him and the president is getting credit for that. what they're trying to do is say he doesn't deserve credit for it. they understand that's a big selling point for the administration's national security strength. it's interesting also to note that the president is shown in this film saying i directed, i ordered, i supervised, you know, this operation. they're saying, no, you didn't. this was done by navy s.e.a.l.s. in a realistic context, the president's advisors sat around the table from the secretary of defense to most of his senior intelligence people and told them it was too high risk and a bad idea. >> and he did it anyway. >> and did he it anyway. so what you're seeing here in this film is not a documentary. what you're seeing is the continuation of an ongoing political battle over messaging. >> what do they hope will come of it? >> well, i think what they're trying to do is raise questions
in the minds of the people who favor the administration, the use of the drones, the killing of al qaeda senior leadership including bin laden and have them say, geez, i think that's not a good thing, it's a bad thing because through the message of this film they're endangering the special operators by talking about it. one point they made in the film was they should never have released the raid and announced bin laden was killed that night. it borders on absurdity. we had a crashed u.s. helicopter left on the scene that was blown up. we had four of bin laden's wives and we had had the pakistanis oe scene 45 minutes after we left. you don't think bin laden's four wives and umpteen children were going to tell them who was living in that house? again, it's got some information and it's got some
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many restaurants across the country are putting her recipes on the menu. happy birthday, dear julia. welcome back to "cbs this morning." as we looked around the web this morning we found a few reasons for j.b. 5and me to make some long stories short. they refused to help a 10-year-old girl. she missed her connection at o'hare. her parents called an airline official. phoebe's mom said when i asked to speak with her to be sure she was fine, she said it was not possible. she put me on hold for 40 minutes when i asked to talk to her supervisor. phoebe made it to camp and they lost her bags. >> a young player was thrown out of the national scrabble tournament for cheating. another player saw him hiding blank tiles to apparently use in the next game. now officials say the teenager did confess and this is the first time anyone's ever been
caught cheating at the national championships. >> that's big, j.b. blank tiles mean you can make up any letter you want. >> magic marker with you. >> you can. not good. "usa today" has a story on geek she cans. at nasa, mohawk guy works on nasa's curiosity mission to mars. so does adam. he's known as the elvis guy. even president obama's watching them during a congratulatory phone call the president said, you guys are a little cooler than you used to be. >> my daughter says i lost my cool a long time ago. all right. get ready for a new temptation. the new york daily news says cinnabon is expanding into the pizza market with its new pizzabon. it's like a regular pizza with not that much salt. it uses the same bread as the classic cinnabon. i wonder how many weight watchers points that is. >> i do not know the points but i know the calories, a
gazillion. bloomberg businessweek says a connecticut woman is getting a big refund from her electric company. for the last 25 years she was getting billed to power the street lights from her home. she was reimbursed almost $10,500 when she finally noticed the strange charges on her bill. how do you not notice the charges on your bill. >> and to pay the bill at that. better than a refund check from the irs, right? >> yeah. i would have asked a question or two. >> he led the star studded men's basketball team. this morning, coach k himself, that would be you, mike krzyzewski. those questions and more after the break. >> announcer: this portion of "cbs this morning" sponsored by mercedes-benz. experience truly great driving at your authorized dealer.
in london on sunday, 12 of the nba's brightest stars defeated spain to win the gold medal in men's basketball. you saw it, right? it was the second straight olympic gold for the u.s. under coach mike krzyzewski. >> since 2005 coach k has led the u.s. team to an amazing 63-1 record. now he says it is time to step aside. he is joining us from duke university where he's preparing for a new season where we can call that his other coaching job. good morning, coach k. good to have you with us, buddy. >> good morning. good morning. good to be with you. >> coach, now i have to start off because you've indicated this is your last time at it now. you are done with it. i'll know it's real if you tell me that the women in your household, who like any goodman listens to them, are they saying this is it for you? >> no. they said it was it for me after 2008. >> yeah.
>> so i had -- i had -- i had to twist their arms. i've been -- my three daughters and my wife have a lot of influence over me, which is most of the time really good. >> so what would it take, coach k, to change your mind? because many people are saying, say it ain't so, coach k, say it ain't so! >> well, it's -- spain hit a few more shots, then they'd be helping me out the door. no, it's fine. i'm going to stay involved with u.s.a. basketball and try to help continue the momentum we have. we have three straight championships with beijing. the gold medal there. and then world championships in istanbul in '10 and now the gold in london. we've got to get our teams ready for madrid for the world championships in '14 and the olympics in rio in '16. and i'll try to help in another
capacity in getting us prepared. >> hey, coach, while your public demeanor is normally very placid, we know that you can get fired up. but i found it interesting that most of these players who the public seems to think are ego ma make ittal super stars won't listen to anybody. you were quite effective at doing that and returning the u.s.a. to its perch. what was your expectation with these players and what was effective in your communication? >> first of all, they're good guys, james. they're really good guys. they're professionals. they get it. they're brilliant. they want to play for the u.s. so it's not like me, you know, having to do some magical things to get them to do that. they want to do it. you know, they want to cooperate and were honest with one another. we've gotten to know each other over the years so there's familiarity. there's friendship. there's trust but it comes from them. you know, they were never a
second one problem, not one second. and totally -- you know, all of them to a man say, coach, i'll do whatever you want me to do to win the gold medal, and then they cooperate fully. i mean, we never have one problem with these guys. they're terrific. >> i think that's what happens when people love, respect and admire you so much, coach k. listen, many people have seen you in action on the sidelines. you're always very cool as a cucumber. you're no training stranger to winning, but in this particular game you showed a lot of emotion. i saw you jumping up and down on the sidelines. where did that burst of emotion come from? it was so great to see. >> well, actually, i'm coming out with a new exercise video for 55 year and older people and i wanted to do -- i think lebron launched a shoe during that game. no, it comes from, you know,
still being a kid, you know? ilk still being a kid. >> still being a kid. watching them celebrate at the end of the game, that's what everybody loved. we see them, you know, as these magnificent stars, which they are, but they're real people and they're real guys who, you know, want to win a basketball game and they want to win a basketball game for their country. they did and it was fantastic. >> hey, coach. you really put humility out there, which has always been you for sure, but congratulations, not only the all-time wingest coach in college basketball but quite successful on the olympic team. glad you're going to remain involved and keep that success going. >> thank you. thank charlie for the notes he sent me in london about how to attack the zone defense. they were very, very good. >> we know where they wound up
and the bay area headlines there's no hope of finding out who shot and killed a 5 a cold oakland boy last december release in sketches of the two suspects of a woman and a man the men they bring glacis and police and released surveillance video of what they believe may have been the getaway car. and this today and three separate parts of sexual assault on women at last weekend's outside lance festival in san francisco at golden gate park. three women reported today man felt like they had been drugged and then later a salted. a pipe leaking flammable vapors because last week's massive fire at the chevron refinery. the theory is being explored by the chronicle right now and
couple of cars involved in the accident and at least one lane blocks. elsewhere cal train to late delays. southbound train to 16 stuck on the tracks and now the only able to use the one track in order to get all the trains by so expect the delays in check ahead otherwise the ferries all reporting no delay. the fog on short today a little further inland taking out toward mount diablo. the fog is beginning to break up with mid to high level cloud cover also passing on through some of the moisture and temperatures cooler to start their day with '50s and '60s and by the afternoon no triple digits but still mid-90s and livermore and 64 in san francisco.
♪ welcome back to "cbs this morning." taylor swift premiered her new single called "we are never ever getting back together" on tuesday. it is the number one song on itunes. it took less than an hour to reach the top spot. taylor swift always sings about former love interests. guys are probably thinking i hope she's not talking approximate me. >> john mayer is listening. >> we're always hearing about discounts and deals supposed to save us money. as you know, the so-called bargains can backfire.
executive editor of cbs "moneywatch" is here with five things to know about discounts. first, good morning, jack. >> good morning. >> senior citizens checking accounts are more expensive than regular checking accounts. >> this was disturbing. the most egregious example was a checking account that cost $25 a month. it was the same as the basic checking but costs twice as much and a minimum balance of $5,000 to avoid the fee instead of $1500 people should ignore the labels. don't pay more to get 0.01% interest. and seniors need to look out for this. they pay higher interest rates for everything else than middle aged counterparts and get sold bad products. like variable annuities. get the basics and don't go by the label. go by the price. >> why does that happen to senio seniors. >> egregious and no fair. >> it sounds bad.
but i think they're being taken advantage of. it's a tough marketplace out there. look, if you're not as savvy, it's ease krer to lead you to, say a high commission product that the salesman knows he's pocket more money for selling it. >> people selling their home by owner aren't really saving money. >> this is an argument i make in my book. generally, you should avoid paying people to do something you can do yourself. in the case of a real estate agent, you need sales and marketing skills, need to be a good negotiator, do the research to find comparable sales and get that out there. plus, in this market, it's a lot harder. the real estate broker has to work harder to sell your place. you're getting more for your money. finally, there's a subtle bias against the for sale by owner thing you're talking about. true, the buyers' agents are required to show their client all suitable properties. but maybe they'll overlook you because you're not represented by one of them. >> here's why i'm not allowed to do shopping online.
i see free shipping and i think it's a good deal. how do you keep people like me from tg ad to amazon and say you're getting $22 worth of stuff and you say, if i got $25, get free shipping. so you add a few more things. for 45 bucks you're getting free shipping. you know. so what you want to do is two things. one, just put that first thing in the cart. you don't have to push buy today. wait until you need something else, go back to the cart, it will still be there and then you do it. think outside the usual amazon box. the other day we were getting somebody a book and wanted that free shipping. i needed razor blades. i did check the price. same price at the drugstore. i threw that in, $1.25 and you got it. think about what else you need. what you really need. >> that's not me. >> and then you talk about the upgrades on cars that quite often you're thinking, i'm going to upgrade, upgrade, upgrade. you end up spending more money than you really intended to. >> sure. what happens. this is a twist on the classic upsell. you go in to get yourself the
most popular car in america is the toyota camry. you need somebody to get you from point a to point b. the salesman says i'll knock $300 off that mrsp for you. but, gayle, we get you in this and knock $1,000 off. of course, if you look at the sticker price of the more expensive car, it's actually about $2,000 more. >> right. >> so, yeah, you saved $1,000 but paid $1,000 more. you need that moon roof, go for it. >> they always throw in extra things you don't want. you get this package that has five things in it, you really want two. >> what's amazing is pickup trucks. sure, guys need all sorts of cape i believabilitie capabilities. it was $1,000. you got a compass and a there meter. the steering wheel matched the exterior design or something. >> i do that going to the movies just buying popcorn when you can get the medium, well, the large is 50 cents more. okay, i'll get that. >> mayor bloomberg will protect you. >> having a boat motor on my
rear bumper won't work. >> roll into the water, maybe. >> that's what i was thinking. >> what should we know about buying in bulk? >> sure. this is the famous costco effect. you go into costco, get paper towels and diapers, which makes sense this. you walk out with a ten-pack of peanut butter, laptop computer, and nine pounds of smoked salmon or wild salmon. we looked this up. nine pounds of salmon, $125. now, that's probably a pretty good deal for nine pounds of salmon. seven pounds are going to end up with freezer burn. so, please, go to the gourmet store. spend extra per pound but ultimately only $40 left out of your wallet, so you saved $79. >> jack, you're just no fun. >> sorry. >> focus, focus, focus. >> think about all the money you're saving and spend it on fun stuff. >> i thank you. steve martin first got our attention with the arrow to his head, that wild and crazy guy became a fine movie actor. this morning we'll show you what he told charlie rose about doing stand-up his way. but first,,,
♪. steve martin was one of america's most popular stand-up comics in the '70s before he became one of hollywood's most respected actors. charlie talked with steve martin about his life as a performer. >> tell me about growing up. >> i was born in texas, waco, texas. i lived there nuntil i was four. we left for california when i was about five. we moved to englewood or hollywood actually. my father was interested in acting and my mother hated the heat in texas. and she was very excited to move to california where there were movie stars and a different life for her, i think. >> your dad ended up in real
estate. >> he ended up selling real estate, yeah. >> tell me how you developed your sort of philosophy about what you wanted to do up on stage. >> i first of all, just wanted to make people laugh. then as you start to get older at 20, 21, i'm in college at this point, i'm being introduced to new artists, new writers, philosophers, a whole other level of sophistication i'll say. i started to examine my act or comedy and at the time comedy was with some great exceptions, like bob newhart, was basically set up in punch line. they were told by people -- there was sort of a cliche, rat a at that time, rat a at that time. >> what was the braeeakthrough r
you? >> i think in the early '70s, touring colleges, things are starting to come together. playing every dump and every nice place and every kind of situation and you're just so experienced at this point. you go, okay, that was a bad show. and there's a confidence that comes out. a real deeper confidence that i think the audience smells. >> the commercial breakthrough for you was where, when? >> i would say -- that's a tough one. i have to give it three elements. one would be the "tonight show." second would be my first record. and the third would be saturday night live. >> when he was a young man, he never thought he'd see people standing to see the boy king ♪ king tut ♪ >> you've told me this, someone else may have told me this.
you're one of those people who prepare really hard knowing, you know, that if you do this well, it's great for you. some people just sort of take it lighter than others do. i'm told and maybe you told me this, you really concentrate on that week that you're going to host on "saturday night live." i do. >> i find it stressful. because i want it to go well. so, you know, i do like to work hard on it or at least feel comfortable. >> we're two wild and crazy guys. >> have you ever done a performance and thought this is as good as i'll ever be? >> you know, probably. >> when was it or do you know? >> it would have been somewhere around 1975. i mean, it wasn't downhill from there. but looking back now, i go, that's when i was really funny. i think the reason i was really funny is the act was unknown to people. it had not been exposed.
it became exposed by 1978. the act you saw. everybody is way ahead of it. >> it's fun for me to see the people in the audience with the amateur arrow through the head. >> someone stood up to you and say, how do you be successful and you said you have to be undeniably good. >> well, really it is this. when people ask mes say how do you make it in show business or whatever. >> he's a dentist ♪ >> what i always tell them, i've said it many years and nobody ever takes notes of it, because it's not the answer they wanted to hear. what they want to hear, is here's how you get an agent, here's how you write a script. i would say be so good they can't ignore you. and i just think that if somebody is thinking how can i be really good, people are going
to come to you. it's much easier than doing it that way than going to cocktail parties. >> i still remember him in the mid '70s coming to college. he came to georgetown and performed. he led the entire audience with his banjo. down the stairs, into the quadrangle and across the campus. >> were you thinking, where are we going? and it doesn't matter. just having a great time. >> everybody was following him. >> he gave me goose bumps with that line. be so good they can't ignore you. that's great advice no matter what you do in life. >> most people work toward a standard of excellence. >> isn't it nice to see charlie's old interviews. i get a big kick out of them. go charlie rose and steve martin. jason silva calls himself a wonder junkie. this video artist and philosopher is here to show us
if you like pizza, get ready to cough up more dough. will obama care make your pizza more expensive. >> it's driving the price of your pizza up the roof. socialism -- >> under socialism, people wouldn't have to foot the bill. health care would be the responsibility of the state and not private businesses which i'm sure your colleagues, bob, who is a liberal is going to point out to you except that -- come on, man. shut the lid.
that is not right. [ laughter ] >> you are hypnotizing him. that is not fair. >> it does make you wonder what's he thinking as he's looking at that pizza. >> couldn't decide on the pepperoni. jason silva has been called a timothy leary for the viral video achbge. he gets people excited about look at this video from this conference. a festival of new ideas. >> open this. it's huge. it's a universe of possibility. it's gray infused by color. it's the invisible reveal. it's the mundane blown away by off. we need to cultivate radical openness as a way of participating and accelerating evolution. >> wow. [ laughter ] >> jason silva is with us this morning. good morning, jason. >> good morning. thank for having me guys. >> let's talk about radical
openness. >> for me, it's about creating spaces in which ideas can intermingle to create spaces where the free flow of information can occur and where ideas can have sex. there's a school of thought -- >> ideas can have sex? >> yes. >> what's that look like? >> that's mind blowing. >> literally. >> richard dawkins coined the term, talking about ideas almost like sharing the properties of organis organisms. ideas can mutate and evolve and have sex with other ideas and so just like in nature, we want to create spaces of innovation like the coral reef for example which is the most biologically diverse. radical openness is a calling, it's a callout to say, let's create these spaces where this openness of ideas can happen basically. >> i can tell, jason, that you're somebody that loves life. i can tell by the way you move and you talk. you describe yourself as a self-professed wonder junkie. >> yeah. >> what is it about you, how is it that you look at life that
you see what? >> i just think that to be in a perpetual state of wonder is the ultimate antidote to ex i tension. there's a great line that it's a defense against being overwhelmed. when we go through life feeling stuck in the mundane, it's sort of safer than to sort of gawk at the ubiquitous everyday wonders that we might be disposed to ignore. i'm interested in content and in ideas that force us out of our comfort zone that decondition our thinking and make us see things as if for the first time. >> i can see why a class of yours would be riveting to say the least. i once worked for a tv executive who said to sugarcoat the education bill. you take the esoteric and you package it nicely. packaging is krit kalg in selling a new idea. when did you come upon that? >> i guess it's because there are certain ideas that are so big, i think they're even bigger than their usual sort of academic packaging.
as much of a fan as i am of ideas and wonderful books, i think that today if you don't have a.d.d., you're not paying attention. we're overwhelmed. there's so much content and attention is the new limited resource. i don't feel entitled to people's time if i don't want to tell them something fascinating. by creating content that's dense, idea dense, i call my ideas shots of philosophical espresso. they're going to invigorate you, pull you out of the comfort zone for two minutes and pull you out of context that they make you see things in a new way. hopefully that buzz will remain far enough that you will go and read more or study pour or go watch the ted talk that i mentioned. >> it's hard for people to come out of comfort zones. why do you think that's crucial for us to do? >> for one thing, the rate of change is accelerating.
we live in a world where technological progress is -- we have brains that evolved in a world that was linear and local. one of my favorite futurists and friends, he talks about when he explains linear growth versus exponential growth in terms of people getting comfortable with the changes. if you look at linear growth and take 30 steps, one, two, three, four, five, 30 steps later you're at 30. if you take them 2, 4, 8, 16, 30 steps later you're at a billion. that's the difference. it's that naturally, we look at things in the linear way. but technology is progressing exponentially. what that means is disruption. things don't change generation to generation. things change year to year, month to month. the world is going to be a very different place in 3, 5, 10 years. we're moving into a future as the physicist says where a new generation of artists will be writing genomes with the nun si that blake and byron. when the canvas of art is biology itself, what are we
going to make? what new forms of beauty will we create. so people are always afraid of new technologies because they're disruption and pull us out of our comfort zone. i read be somewhere when writing was invented, they criticized it. if you write everything down, you won't remember everything. it's going to atrophy your brain. people are afraid of change. in the end we assimilate and it's a good thing. >> so did you and chris, engage in intellectual gymnastics when you met a year ago. >> we did have a wonderful exchange. i remember feeling quite abuzz after our talk. >> what kind of buzz was it? >> that's the question. >> thank you, jason. >> looks like i need an iphone. i still have the blackberry. thank you jason. that will do it for us. your local news is up next. that will do it for us. your local news is up next. awesome is right. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
in the bay area headlines police are investigating reports that three women were drugged and sexually assaulted at last weekend's outside festival the women each describing and different suspect with the rest that have been made and over to a thousand people attended the festival. and updates in the fires in lake county grew to nearly 8,000 a. containment is up to 70% and six injuries reported. a mural listing the names of the u.s. service members killed and i iraq will be unveiled in san francisco this afternoon it's been painted by veterans themselves and they chose the location near shannon and carry streets because it's where too many homeless events come to sleep and use drugs.
a bit of a cool down in the forecast and how the wednesday shaping up. low fog and cloud cover around the bay area and a cool sea breeze blowing and three with the sun cloud cover outside looking like a mild day around the bay area with low pressure camping offshore that will pump in cooler air and also some cloud cover wrapping around the low pressure as well. if temperatures by the afternoon with no triple digit '90s and the hot spots england in 83 in san jose. no major changes the next few days but some cloud cover come our way on friday and saturday with temperatures cooling-off about the weekend.
good morning a crash in the east bound lanes approaching san pablo oak road a big rig hauling a crane and a crane hit some traffic lights in the area. possibly concrete and lanes blocked even affecting westbound traffic. elsewhere 8820 client still little slow especially southbound because of an accident of the earlier crash approaching 98. the bay bridge things are light here with no delay the the metering lights remain on looking good and the san francisco. francisco. ,,,,,,